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Subject: why do some books not have a wiki?
Date Posted: 3/26/2010 3:49 PM ET
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Why do some books not have a Wiki?

http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780061905872-My+Darling+Caroline

This has a regular ISBN, and is also posted in the system.

Date Posted: 3/26/2010 3:52 PM ET
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I still don't even see the point of the wiki.  I mean is there a place to search the wiki info? 

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Date Posted: 3/26/2010 3:55 PM ET
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According to the Help Center:

If the book has a member-generated (short) ISBN or if our data provider does not link the ISBN to other versions of the book, then the Book Wiki will not appear for that listing.

(I don't really use the Wiki either - I'm a big fan of the Tag system, and have used that extensively, so I don't really need the Wiki.  It seems to duplicate the function of the non-personal Tags.)



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Date Posted: 3/26/2010 5:47 PM ET
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Is that what all the new (to me) info at the bottom of the listing page is?  A book wiki?  I had no idea lol

eta: oh, sure, NOW I see the phrase "Book Wiki" lol.  It's almost always empty from what I've seen, is it relatively new?



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Date Posted: 3/26/2010 6:08 PM ET
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It's almost always empty from what I've seen, is it relatively new?

It's almost always empty for the books I view, too. It was introduced last July.

Date Posted: 3/26/2010 9:21 PM ET
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But lots of books with only one version have the wiki.

Because that doesn't make sense ... that they only make the wiki if a book has been linked to another version.

This particular book does have 2 versions, but how does PBS know that it has 2 versions (and thus should not have the wiki?) ... if the versions are not linked?

Date Posted: 3/27/2010 12:33 PM ET
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I rarely even look that far down on the page because I am not a big review reader.  But most of the ones I have noticed have been pretty much empty.

Date Posted: 3/27/2010 1:31 PM ET
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The wiki is often empty ... the thing I am talking about is that some books simply have no wiki at all to fill out. That part of the page is missing completely.

Date Posted: 3/27/2010 2:05 PM ET
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The info Sianeka gave you is correct - if PBS has a book with multiple listings and they have true ISBNs, there should be a Book Wiki -- if not, then for some reason the data provider isn't linking them.  It really would be good if members started using it, because it CAN become searchable - see Why Use It.

From the Help Center:

Where to find it: on the Book Details page for most books (the page you are taken to when you click the book title on the site). If the book has a member-generated (short) ISBN or if our data provider does not link the ISBN to other versions of the book, then the Book Wiki will not appear for that listing.

What it is: There are several sections (for characters, locations, series, etc).  Hover over any section for a brief description of the section.  Note that some sections (like common title) will show only the most recent entry submitted by any member, while other sections (like characters) will show every entry by all members.

Why use it?  It's a cool way to cross-reference books in the system!  When enough data has been collected to make the Book Wiki searchable, all books set in Scotland (for example) can be found with one click.   It's a great way to find other books in a series, or all books with a particular character, or all books that share the same "important event" (a tidal wave, a blizzard, Christmas).  Bottom line, wiki info makes a great way for members to find books they are looking for!